I Am So Hungry

Copyright Robert Kongaika
Copyright Robert Kongaika

This idiom takes on new meaning after you have traveled to some countries in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Having lived in an island kingdom for several years, I admit I did eat horse and then found out what it was later. I admit it was quite delicious. It was served with gravy.

I apologize to all the animal rights activists out there for my confessions. And also to my dear brother and others who love their horses and ride them religiously. I did not mean to eat horse, but I did. Horses are raised in America for riding and racing. Besides they are so beautiful. Other animals like the pig and cow just can’t compare. That makes me wonder why venison is acceptable at food, because in my opinion deer are probably the prettiest of all the animals. Perhaps Americans can blame the cowboys and the bond they felt with their horses on their aversion for eating horse meat. That may also explain why Europeans do eat it.

But that isn’t all. I also had no intention to eat whale meat, which was served to me fixed like Swiss steak. It was also very palatable. When I mentioned eating whale recently to a lady in Scotland on the bus, she shunned me for the rest of the ride. I can understand her reaction since whales were on the endangered list.

But, there are plenty of horses and dogs. When a dog in certain countries goes missing, it is understood that someone was hungry and it ended up in the underground oven for dinner. Do Americans need to broaden their view of cultures and their eating habits? Even in Canada horse is on many menus and even in fast food chains.

In some third world countries it is survival mode most of the time. They may have enough rice and root crops, but protein is not a daily or even a weekly fare for many. Many children are malnourished and suffer from many different infections, often having some kind of infection for the majority of the year. When they have infections, the body is unable to rebuild the amino acids needed for new protein formation. This puts a damper on the child’s growth and normal development.

Is it any wonder then that in some areas of the world where meat is scarce, they will try to get their protein any way they can.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you enjoyed it molometer. I really appreciate your positive feedback.

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molometer 5 years ago

Hi Elayne, horse meat is eaten widely in France although it hasn't caught on here (UK). I have had camel; it's like eating a really tough steak and pretty tasteless. What an interesting topic. Nice one (English for well done) Voted up.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks wendy87. I appreciate that.

wendy87 5 years ago

interesting hub...voted up

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks sfrentz06. I am sure it is hard to think of your favorite horse as dinner - I agree, but some people have so little that to them it is survival. I love horses myself and think they are so beautiful. Thanks for your comments.

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sfrentz06 5 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

This is a very interesting article. Though I hope I never have to eat horse, subscribing to the American ideal, and my previous horse ownership. It does make sense that one would eat horse if one eats deer, beef or pork.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is so sad Beege215e. Sorry you had to eat your pet duck. Live is pretty mean sometimes. Thanks for commenting.

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Beege215e 6 years ago

The worst meal I ever had was duck. It was my duck, a pet that laid beautiful eggs. But we didn't have much money back then and my mom sent my duck "off to a farm where it could swim and be with other ducks" Three days later we had "chicken" for dinner. About six weeks later I found out it was my duck. I cried.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Cool the best one - I love mutton (sheep and lamb) too. Haven't tried camel yet.

the best one  6 years ago

pls. forget all this thing the best food of the animals is sheep+lamb+camel

just this is i prever.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks so much robertaharden for sharing your tastes in meat. I would love to go to Italy someday. They have the best foods, especially desserts - tiramisu (yum) I actually wrote about it. Maybe some day I'll get there.

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robertaharden 6 years ago from California on the beach

Coming from Italy, I have to admit to eating meat belonging to some of the animals most dear to the American people, like horse and rabbit. Horse tastes like steak and if you were not to know that it is indeed horse, you would never imagine on your own. Rabbit tastes like chicken, just more tasty. We do have a scarcity of protein sources in Italy which is accompanied by a long and ancient cuisine culture of delicacies that have never been introduced to the American culture. As you rightly say, as long as the animals that are being butchered are not endangered, it's all good, except for dogs and cats; that I can't really fathom no matter what.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are so right Trish_M. It all depends on what you are used to. I have not had rabbit that I am aware of, but have had several other delicacies from different countries. It is hard to say what we would eat if we were desperate for food. Probably most anything edible. Thanks for your comments.

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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands


Yes, people have to eat. Some cannot afford to be choosy. I don't actually know, for sure, whether or not I have horse; it's possible ~ when I was in France.

Some foods are acceptable in some areas, but not others.

When I was working in the north of England, there was a staff dinner and, as a 'treat', we were served rabbit. All those from the north cheered, but those from the south of the country refused to eat it.

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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Quill - you do what you gotta do!

"Quill" 7 years ago

Back in the Thirties my parents shared they ate horse meat for survival. Dad claimed it to be great, rather sweat but high in protein...you do what you gotta to survive.

You as well have collected a new fan...looking forward to reading more.


ralwus 7 years ago

I see nothing wrong with it at all. I am of Scottish descent and they created th god awful Haggis! LOL I hear it runs wild in Canada now.

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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

I've never eaten horse or whale but I ate dog meat once without my knowing it. I only learned after.

You are right, any source of protein (or food for that matter) is always welcome to some people especially if they have not eaten anything.

Thanks for this informative hub.

Liana 7 years ago

lol at Jake :)

Jake 7 years ago

You just made me hungry. Time for my late night snack hahaha.

I've never had whale but i've had horse and dog. Seriously to me didnt taste much different from Chicken :). Only thing though "needs ketchup" :)

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